Explore Southern Patagonia and Torres Del Paine – Trip Description
Walking in the midst of the glaciers, granite towers, turquoise lakes and vast grasslands of Patagonia in southern Argentina and Chile, this trip offers one of the premier adventure treks in the world. From the rich and engaging culture of the city of Buenos Aires to the literal southern tip of the Western Hemisphere at the port city of Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan, we will traverse some of the earth’s most unknown and fascinating landscapes.
The heart of our trip will be the days spent completing the classic “W” trek in Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park. Before reaching the UNESCO Bio Reserve of Torres del Paine, we will marvel at the oversized grandeur of Argentina’s Glacier National Park. This is where ice from the largest non-polar glaciers in the world spills into cold pristine lakes and where awesome spires such as Fitzroy rise dramatically, piercing the sky. Exploring one of the penguin colonies on the famous Magdalena Island, our trip will end literally at “the end of the earth”, lands end where South America stops at the edge of the Southern Ocean.
We also offer the potential for an extension to the Patagonia program that involves a crossing of the famous Drake Passage and a few days of exploration of the icy landscapes and hardy wildlife of Antarctica. We will update as more information on this trip extension becomes available.
Heading up into the Patagonian Andes, the temperatures drop substantially from the temperate coastal temperatures in Buenos Aires where the trip begins. The wind will also pick up. During our hikes, it can get hot a midday when the sun shines strong at this altitude, but evening temperatures are often cool. We’ll experience classic variable mountain weather, warm in direct sunlight, cool on cloudy days and at night. You will be adjusting your layers all day as you climb and hike in Patagonia. Even though this is a trip featuring some of the wildest mountain scenery in the world, we are at low elevations throughout our travels in Patagonia. We will be at sea level some nights and the trail that links our “W” trekking legs is entirely below 300 meters (1000 feet) above sea level. We will climb up the valleys to higher than this from time to time, but we never reach elevations on this trip that can present acclimatization issues.
This trip is for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. You should be in good health and reasonably fit. Travelers who can walk a few hours a day unassisted will be able to fully enjoy the Patagonia trip. Most excursions are moderate activities though some optional explorations involve short, steep climbs or longer walks in potentially rainy and windy conditions. Our guides will inform you fully of any challenges an activity might present, and help you tailor each day to make the most of opportunities. You should also be comfortable on the water as we spend some time cruising and sightseeing on a boat.
Updates from your adventure will be posted on bergadventures.com and on Berg Adventures Facebook page. If you would like to have a specific dispatch posted for your expedition, please contact our office for details. We will be happy to accommodate your requests. Our dispatches have been used by family and friends to follow the progress of our groups and by schools to learn about the wild places we visit. They can be a wonderful lasting archive of your adventure.